Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and more have paid tribute to Hansen.
Former Mercyful Fate/King Diamond bass player Timi Hansen has died at age 61. The news was confirmed by Hansen's longtime bandmate, singer King Diamond, in a loving tribute to his longtime musical companion and former roommate. "I just found out that I lost one of my dearest friends, who has been fighting cancer for a long time, in such an incredibly brave way," wrote Diamond (born Kim Petersen).
The Danish bass player was a member of Mercyful Fate from 1981-1985 and again in 1992 before he joined Diamond's eponymous metal project for several years beginning 1985. "He was not just my roommate on the early Mercyful Fate tours, but he was always my favorite bass player of all times," Petersen wrote.
"I was fortunate to have been able to visit him at his apartment with some other good friends, and we had a great afternoon that will never be forgotten. When I last talked to Timi on the phone on October 24th, I could understand that things had gotten tougher than they ever were, and yet he said 'we fight on.' I feel so so sad for his entire family, you have my absolute deepest sympathy. Rest in Peace my dear dear friend."